The Google doodle with a Reading connection

Still on the theme of logos, Google today celebrates the 156th birthday of Oscar Wilde with a (rather gloomy) doodle based on The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Oscar Wilde was famously imprisoned at Reading Gaol for two years, occupying cell 33, and was moved to write a poem on capital punishment,The Ballad of Reading Gaol, after his release.

Today, visitors to the town can experience the Oscar Wilde memorial walk sandwiched between HM Reading Prison and the Kennet river, and admire its beautiful railing, benches and gate (altogether comprising one of Reading’s best artistic sets, in my opinion) unveiled in 2000.

The memorial walk, attracting few visitors (surprising for such an iconic figure), is suitably calming and peaceful. The path is especially serene at this time of year, lying under a gentle carpet of autumn leaves. Worth a visit.

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